Friday, November 21, 2014

The Studio at Flying King Ranch - Drop in & Grand Opening


Last weekend  I finally got to see the fruit of some pretty big dreams and hard work. As I've talked about a lot on social media and at the Making Monday parties I've been putting together and working on opening a store front here in York, SC. I've talked about how it has affected my blog and it's brand  and shared a little bit of how big of a blessing this is. 

Well Saturday Nov. 15th 2014 I officially opened my doors to The Studio at Flying King Ranch. It was a bigger event than I thought would occur and it was so beautiful to see how trusting the Lord makes your plans so much better!

I was lucky enough to have a professional photographer/friend capture the day and now no matter how business goes I will always have proof of the beautiful grand opening!  


Incase you've missed it, Flying King Ranch is where my husband, Reed, works. We moved here about a year and a half ago for him to fulfill one of his dreams of being a land manager for almost 5,000 acres. He has loved the job and the life that came with it from day one but I took a bit more convincing. If you where around the blog last year you saw lots of heavy hearted posts, social media posts that attempted to hide bitterness and some other ugly things come out of my heart. I didn't have friends, couldn't find a job, and just overall didn't feel like I belonged here. 

But thankfully the Lord worked on me and taught me more about trust than I knew there was to learn. He constantly gave me chances to pursue His desires and I learned that even when I thought the plan was certain that it could change from what I had in my head. I learned to just keep walking and He will lead me in the direction I needed to go.  




As I realized that it wasn't so much a "job" that I needed but to be more trusting in the pursuit of what the Lord laid on my heart I was given the opportunity to open up a shop. I was approached by the Ranch owners and asked if I would help them use some of the buildings on the ranch and to create a "destination" of sorts.  Talk of this started in late August after my ETSY shop more than tripled in sales and I was finally able to start contributing to our finances. I felt confident enough to start writing down my vision and to discuss it with the owners to see if we were on the same page. By the beginning of October I had a meeting with the owners and land managers (yes, one was Reed) and we discussed logistics, dates, and names. And some how the Lord spoke through me and allowed me to so deeply impress the owners that the final words of the meeting were "go for it! Run with it, you obviously know what you want and have a good plan set a head of you." 

Never in a million years did I expect a successful business woman to look at me at the age of 24 and say, "go for it, run with it!" She trusted me to fill out the plan I had laid in front of her and that was the most encouraging thing that has ever happened to me. 




So I ran for it. I moved forward faster than I thought possible and at times really freaked myself out because I felt so lost in all of the movement! But by the end of October I had the space cleaned out, set up, and ready for inventory. I had contacted friends and family and asked for their support by allowing me to use their creative work as inventory. I wanted the shop to be a place that highlighted creativity and that gave encouragement to artists that maybe haven't totally figured it out yet. I received so much work, and it was all amazing quality I couldn't believe that I had a shop and that it was filled with beautiful things that people would actually buy! God blessed this shop by totally giving me the words to speak to the artists, and giving them the trust to allow me to control their work for a while.

Right now the shop has over 10 artists all located within 4 hours of the ranch.

 


So the shop was open for 2 weeks before the Grand Opening and I was lucky enough to have time to figure out the quirks before the flood gates opened. I rearranged multiple times, met some amazing people that visited and encouraged my vision. And before I knew it Nov. 15th was here and I was freaking out! I couldn't sleep, didn't really eat and just felt like I had so much to get done. But again I was reminded that within 1 month I had taken nothing but a dream and made it a reality and it was all because I was willing to walk the way the Lord showed me.

At 11 am November 15th we had the first couple walk through the door and make a purchase. Then we had over 50 people come and made over $800. Each artist made at least 1 sale and we had lots of empty spots to fill by the end of the day.



So now I am a store owner, still figuring out what that means and how to get more customers, and keep up the inventory. I don't know how long this will last but I do know I will soak it up.  I'm going to keep walking and praying and listening to the Lord. I'm sure if He can turn a 24 year old that didn't know what she was doing in to a "business owner" He can help me make it through the rest :)

If you are ever in the York, SC area please come visit me! I would love to show you around and brag on some of the work in the shop.



 To end it all, that was an unbelievable beginning.
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Styling a Vintage Coat



So I found this rad vintage jacket while looking for Halloween costume pieces.
I was Jenny from Forrest Gump (the hubs was Forrest and the furbaby was a shrimp!!) Here's a quick family pic, I mean how perfect right?!


I needed a fur trimmed jacket but just wasn't having any luck so I thought I would just make my own :) I grabbed this white vintage jacket from Goodwill for a whopping 8 bucks and purchased some "faux fur" from Hobby Lobby. I probably spent a total of about $15.



I knew I liked the jacket when I found it but thought it was going to be "ruined" with fur so I just tacked it on at first so I could take it off after Halloween. But then I got it finished and fell even MORE in love with the jacket.

Basically, I knew I was going to have to layer this coat. I didn't want to do jeans or anything bulky on the legs so I went with some leggings, a dress, chambray shirt, and swede booties. I think being able to wear this jacket on a normal basis you need the correct lengths because pants and boots could get pretty bulky under the jacket. But I'm no fashionista I just love fun pieces and think this would be a unique outfit for a fun girls outing :)


 I mean what girl doesn't want a white tea length jacket with a hint of glitter in the weave and fur trim?!
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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Making Monday 65

Holy macaroni it is 9 pm on Sunday and I'm JUST sitting down at home from a super crazy, long, awesome, successful week. I know I'm late on the party but, better late than never right! :) 


This is a party where you can find fun new creative ideas and tasty recipes shared by amazingly talented people. Every Monday bloggers stop by to link up their posts and share with all you party goers. By joining in {both bloggers and non-bloggers} you will discover new blogs, be inspired to make something new, try a yummy new recipe, and most importantly make new friends!
This party is hosted by Gracie and me, and your projects will be shared on both of our blogs. We love that you're here and we love featuring you on our social media so be sure to follow us so you can see if your post gets shared!
We also pin to our Making Monday Pinterest board and we'd love to have you follow along! This is a place you can find projects from all the previous parties, too, so it is like a party every day!

So this past week if you follow me a long on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook you've seen lots of posts getting people hyped up for a Grand Opening and Studio Drop-In for my new store front! Well Saturday was the big day and boy was it so successful and such a joy to finally experience! Heres a couple photos from the big day and I promise in the next week or so to be sharing a couple posts about all the details :) 


Now it's time to share some of Y'ALLS awesome work! Here are just a couple of the goodies y'all have been sharing lately :)

1.  As you can tell my life is a bit un-organized at the moment. So seeing apost about geting organized was a bit refreshing :) This Bookcase to Closet is GENIUS!


2. With Thanksgiving being around the corner you may need decorations that transition between thanksgiving to Christmas and these Gold Painted Decorative Logs are great!! 



3. And for those of you who are already ready for Christmas :) Here is a great trick for a DIY Frosted Christmas Tree



4. Here's a super cute ornament that would make a great craft! DIY Melted Crayon Ornament 


I hope that you guys are loving this party as much as I am! Can't get over all the awesome stuff that gets shared week after week!

   And don't forget if you didn't make it as a feature this week to check out the Pin board and to keep linking up, next week could be you!
Kitchen Table Art

Don't forget to check out our Pinterest board where we pin plenty of projects from each party!

MakingMondayGuidelines

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Making Monday 64

Y'all are the sweetest. So glad that y'all are still here to party even as busy as I've been and seemed to be out from blog land. I love it here and I wanna come back soon so please keep coming by! 



This is a party where you can find fun new creative ideas and tasty recipes shared by amazingly talented people. Every Monday bloggers stop by to link up their posts and share with all you party goers. By joining in {both bloggers and non-bloggers} you will discover new blogs, be inspired to make something new, try a yummy new recipe, and most importantly make new friends!
This party is hosted by Gracie and me, and your projects will be shared on both of our blogs. We love that you're here and we love featuring you on our social media so be sure to follow us so you can see if your post gets shared!
We also pin to our Making Monday Pinterest board and we'd love to have you follow along! This is a place you can find projects from all the previous parties, too, so it is like a party every day!


Now it's time to share some of Y'ALLS awesome work! Here are just a couple of the goodies y'all have been sharing lately :)

1. As y'all know I'm an artist and so I have TON of work to display. This is a great post about Different ways to display art work!



2. With the holidays coming up this is a great way to Make Over a Grocery Store Cake



3. Christmas has officially made it in to the stores so here is a super cute way to display your stockings! Metallic Christmas Tree Stocking Hanger




I hope that you guys are loving this party as much as I am! Can't get over all the awesome stuff that gets shared week after week!

   And don't forget if you didn't make it as a feature this week to check out the Pin board and to keep linking up, next week could be you!
Kitchen Table Art

Don't forget to check out our Pinterest board where we pin plenty of projects from each party!

MakingMondayGuidelines

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Making Monday #63

Hey, I'm horrible. I'm so sorry I skipped the party last week and I'm sorry todays is basically a day late :( I'm the worst....
But the party is back and I hope y'all will forgive me and party on!



This is a party where you can find fun new creative ideas and tasty recipes shared by amazingly talented people. Every Monday bloggers stop by to link up their posts and share with all you party goers. By joining in {both bloggers and non-bloggers} you will discover new blogs, be inspired to make something new, try a yummy new recipe, and most importantly make new friends!
This party is hosted by Gracie and me, and your projects will be shared on both of our blogs. We love that you're here and we love featuring you on our social media so be sure to follow us so you can see if your post gets shared!
We also pin to our Making Monday Pinterest board and we'd love to have you follow along! This is a place you can find projects from all the previous parties, too, so it is like a party every day!

This is what your hostess have been up to lately:

So part of the reason, well most of it actually, I've been in and out of blogging is because my business has kinda taken off. So I've been enjoying creating things and helping support our family :) This Re-Branding post sums up a lot of whats been going on and is an exciting start to a new adventure! 


Now it's time to share some of Y'ALLS awesome work! Here are just a couple of the goodies y'all have been sharing lately :)

1. Using letters is a huge trend right now, and these DIY Photo Collage Letters are super cute!


2. Pinecones are a great decor item that can be used all the way from fall to winter. And these Metallic Painted Pinecones would be so cute on a Thanksgiving table scape or Christmas mantel! 



3. Do you have loads of vintage jewelry laying around but you can't seem to part with it despite its lack of use? Well here is a super cute way to use it! Vintage Jewelry Shower Curtain Rings


4. This is a SUPER hand post on how to Save Clothes Using Rit Dye!!



I hope that you guys are loving this party as much as I am! Can't get over all the awesome stuff that gets shared week after week!

   And don't forget if you didn't make it as a feature this week to check out the Pin board and to keep linking up, next week could be you!
Kitchen Table Art

Don't forget to check out our Pinterest board where we pin plenty of projects from each party!

MakingMondayGuidelines

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